Gary grew up in Wake County, North Carolina, and attended the Wake County public schools. There, he began honing his advocacy skills as the member of his high school debate team, and continued as a debater while attending college at UNC-Wilmington. Because of its commitment to training trial lawyers, Gary attended law school at Campbell University School of Law, where he was named its top trial advocacy student.
In 1980, at the age of 24, Gary began practicing law in Wilmington, North Carolina, and founded his own firm two years later. Gary is recognized throughout the State of North Carolina for his effectiveness and skills in the courtroom, and has handled more than 100 jury trials to verdict during his career. He has handled cases ranging from medical negligence to catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death; products liability to consumer fraud and protection; condemnation to complex civil litigation. He has served as lead counsel and/or co-lead counsel in various national class actions. In 1991, Gary received the prestigious Addison Hewlett Award for his pro-bono work. In 1992, he secured the largest two verdicts in the State of North Carolina for that year. Gary is a frequent lecturer on issues ranging from trial advocacy skills to products liability. Gary was featured in a 1998 article in the Triangle Business Journal entitled “Ten To Watch: Attorneys that have an impact on North Carolina Business.” Most recently, he was featured in a front page news article in the Wilmington Star News on May 8, 2000.
Despite a busy professional life, Gary maintains strong ties to the community. He is frequently called upon to speak to students about the law, and is a frequent guest on community radio programs. Since 1990, Gary has sponsored and coached little league baseball teams throughout the Wilmington area. He is a supporter of numerous local charities and is active politically, having served as Chair of the New Hanover County Democratic Party.
Gary is married to Mary Jo Shipman, and they have three children: Brandon, Khale and Bryce.
Birthdate: July 30, 1956
Education: University of North Carolina at Wilmington (B.A., 1977)
Campbell University School of Law (J.D., 1980)
Currently a Member of:
â€¢ New Hanover County Bar Association
â€¢ North Carolina Bar Association
â€¢ North Carolina State Bar
â€¢ North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers
â€¢ American Association for Justice
â€¢ Southern Trial Lawyers Association
â€¢ Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy
â€¢ Best Lawyers in America
â€¢ Super Lawyers in North Carolina